Check back late summer for upcoming performance and audition announcements.
If you thought you knew the Story of “The Princess and The Pea,” you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken’s love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales the same way again.
This production is family-friendly and appropriate for most children. It's full of silliness, great characters, funny lyrics and even a father-son song that mimes a hilariously innocent tale of birds, bees and the stork! You don't want to miss out on this wonderful take on the classic Princess and the Pea.
Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical, Mattress is a timeless tale with a spin that is as fresh and funny as ever! ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is a hilarious show that is perfect for a family night out. Everyone loves a 'happily ever after' story!"
is presented through special arrangement with Rodgers & Hammerstein
Tickets $12.00 at the door
Originally published in the 1600’s with the main characters returning from war, director Heather Sanderson brings a fresh, updated version to the stage, as she takes MVCCT’s Much Ado About Nothing into 1982 Italy as the characters return from the World Cup!
Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies, because it combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics. Claudio and Hero are young, in love and getting married. Beatrice and Benedick are older, single and can’t stand each other. As friends and family gather for the wedding, hidden desires, jealousies and mischievous schemes threaten to keep the bride and groom from the altar. Will young love prevail, or will another romance bloom instead? One thing is certain – as long as there are men, women and passion there’s always “much ado.” This is a joyful comedy that ends with multiple marriages and no deaths.
About the Director:
Heather Sanderson studied with some of the world’s finest teachers at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England. Heather is known locally for instilling a love of Shakespeare into the hearts of children and her students have performed several times at the National Theatre in Washington DC and in England. Heather’s extensive knowledge of Shakespeare has been utilized by The English Speaking Union and the Society for Arts and Letters, for whom Heather has served in a judging capacity. Heather may be familiar to fans of British television programs through her Tea with Heather segments on MPTs Afternoon Tea.
Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on the MVCCT stage November 15th, 2013.
The students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends, and family while balancing their classes and extra curricular activities. Troy, the resident jock and brainy Gabriella, cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the "status quo," Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well. High School Musical is fun for the whole family.
Original Songs by
Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil; Ray Cham, Greg Cham and Andrew Seeley;
Randy Petersen and Kevin Quinn; Andy Dodd and Adam Watts; Bryan Louiselle;
David N. Lawrence and Faye Greenberg; Jamie Houston
Music Adapted, Arranged and Produced by
Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie Written by
Disney's High School Musical
is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MIT.
421 West 54th St., New York, NY 10019
Phone 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
Who can audition for productions?
Any child who falls into the age range for a particular production may audition. Typically the fall and spring musicals feature 40-45 children ages eight to eighteen, and the teen production (non-musical) features 12-20 twelve to eighteen year olds. Children must be 8 by the day of auditions for the musicals and 12 by the day of auditions for the teen show. No exceptions are able to be made on this minimum age requirement.
What happens at auditions?
Those auditioning for musicals are asked to sing 16 bars of a prepared song (accompanist is provided; bring sheet music), or something simple like "Happy Birthday." The auditions happen as a group, so your child will sing in front of the other children auditioning as well as the producer, director, musical director, stage manager and others involved in the production. Those auditioning may also be asked to demonstrate some movement or dance and may read from the script or other text. You will be asked to stay for the entire period of your audition (e.g. 5:30-7:00 pm).
What are callbacks?
Often directors want to see a group of actors again. If your child is called back, it does not necessarily indicate that they will be cast. If your child is not called back, it is not an indication of whether they will be cast or not.
Is there a fee for participating?
MVCCT charges a participation fee for each child for each show. The participation fee is used to offset the cost of renting rehearsal and performance space, director and stage manager salaries, costumes, sets and other expenses. The fee averages $225 per child.
Are there forms to fill out?
There is now an online registration form for anyone wishing to audition. Additionally, there is a Parent Acknowledgement Form which must be signed and brought to auditions.
What else should we bring?
In addition to the Parent Acknowledgement Form, please bring a photograph of your child. Sometimes more than 150 children audition, so the photograph is a way to help those casting to remember your child. It doesn't need to be a professional photograph, a simple snapshot is sufficient.
Are scholarships available?
MVCCT is committed to making its programs accessible to all. If your child is cast and needs financial aid, please ask the Producer for a Scholarship Application.
A special thank you to our 2013/14 Season Corporate Sponsors
Ervin Hill Strategy and Smart Media Group